Biden targets Texas as Trump's fortunes continue to tumble

  

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Via:  jbb  •  3 weeks ago  •  13 comments

By:   The American Independent

Biden targets Texas as Trump's fortunes continue to tumble
Joe Biden targeted Texas with a modest advertising investment that raised new questions about Donald Trump's vulnerability in the longtime Republican

With Pennsylvania and Florida safe Democrats can move on to persue victory in Georgia and Texas...


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By Associated Press - July 18, 2020 1:00 PM378

'This virus is tough, but Texas is tougher,' Biden says in a new ad.

Joe Biden targeted Texas with a modest advertising investment that raised new questions about Donald Trump's vulnerability in the longtime Republican stronghold as coronavirus infections explode.

Biden, the former vice president and the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee in 2020, ignores Trump completely in the new ad. He offers instead an uplifting message that allows voters to envision him as consoler in chief, a role that Republicans have repeatedly encouraged Trump to embrace to no avail.

"This virus is tough, but Texas is tougher," Biden says in the ad. "I want every single American to know, if you're sick, if you're struggling, if you're worried about how you're going to get through the day, I will not abandon you. We're all in this together."

Trump's campaign on Tuesday laughed off the small new investment, and even some Democrats were skeptical of Biden's chances in Texas. Yet Biden's modest step into a state that hasn't backed a Democrat for president in 44 years reflected the extent to which the pandemic threatens to scramble the electoral map this fall.

As Democratic-led states like New York and New Jersey slow the spread, new infections and related deaths are surging across Republican-led states like Florida, Texas and Arizona that backed Trump four years ago and resisted aggressive health precautions through the spring.

Even before the outbreak, Democrats considered Florida and Arizona top targets. Texas, which Democrats have long hoped would swing their way because of demographic trends, emerged as a possible pickup only after the pandemic intensified.

Last week was the deadliest of the health crisis for Texas, and the hospital system is stretched to its limits in some regions. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has warned that the infection numbers will likely get even worse.

"We are one of the hottest of the hot spots in the country," said Democratic Rep. Colin Allred, who represents a portion of Dallas and its surrounding suburbs. "I think people in Texas can recognize what's happening and connect the dots on who's responsible for us having a lack of a response. And they're looking at Joe Biden as someone who has a very strong appeal."

Still, Allred isn't ready to predict a Biden victory in Texas this November.

"I think that it's possible. We still have a ways to go here," he said in an interview. "We will all be judged — from members of Congress to the president — on what we did and what we didn't do during this crisis."

The Biden campaign said the Texas ad was part of a "mid-six-figure" investment also spread across Arizona, Florida and North Carolina. It's scheduled to run in each state's top markets on local cable and on Sunday cable shows. Spanish-language-captioned versions will run in Arizona, Florida and Texas, in addition to YouTube, Facebook and Univision.

Later in the week, the campaign plans to release a series of digital videos of Biden calling families of coronavirus victims in all four states.

Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh described the investment as "a total phony" media buy designed to generate media coverage given its size.

"We hope that Joe Biden thinks Texas is in play, and we encourage him to spend money there," he said. That's money Biden cannot spend, Murtaugh continued, in four states that voted Democrat four years ago where Trump is running ads to try to flip: Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Nevada.

"We have far more resources than Joe Biden does. He would have to outraise us by more than a million dollars a day every day until the election and he still couldn't catch us," Murtaugh said, referencing the Trump campaign's massive cash advantage. "We encourage him to spend money in states like Texas. That is money down the drain."

Among Biden's team, there was some internal skepticism that Texas would become a legitimate top target.

Money is a factor. Texas has nearly two dozen media markets. A serious bid there would likely require tens of millions of dollars. And beyond the campaign, outside groups aligned with Democrats have not signaled any serious interest in playing there.

Molly Ritner, the deputy states director for the Biden campaign, said Trump's mismanagement of the pandemic has helped strengthen Biden's opportunity in states like Arizona and Texas that were out of reach for Democrats in past elections.

But it's not as if Biden was ignoring Texas until this month.

The campaign notes it has hosted more than 50 organizing events since early March, including virtual phone banks and virtual community meetings. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke has been an active surrogate in recent days, and Biden recorded a video for the state Democratic convention last month.

"What we have seen, whether it's Texas or Arizona or Florida or North Carolina, is that Trump's failed response to the pandemic and his complete mismanagement has taken these states ... that we thought we could have a real shot in and win, and made them even more competitive," Ritner said. "Voters in these states are seeing firsthand what they get when they have a Trump presidency, and it's scary."

Texas intensive care unit physician Robin Armstrong, who sits on the Republican National Committee, notes there has been a significant increase in coronavirus-related hospitalizations in recent weeks. Many are younger people who are recovering, he said.

He called it "silly" to blame Trump for the surge.

"I think we need to blame where the virus comes from, not knowing about it a lot earlier, and so I think we've had a lot of failures in our bureaucracy for sure," he said, suggesting that the medical community and local governments should shoulder more blame for not offering more consistent messages.

As for Trump's reelection prospects, Armstrong concedes that Trump's numbers are not strong — "especially in this environment right now."

"He polls low, but in the privacy of the voting booth, his numbers will go up considerably," 


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JBB
1  seeder  JBB    3 weeks ago

Trump's chances for reelection? Slim to none...

 
 
 
Greg Jones
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  JBB @1    3 weeks ago

Based on what? The pandemic will be winding down by election day, and most rational people don't blame its spread on Trump.

It's sad to see that the Democrats have weaponized this pandemic for political points and advantage. Pretty pathetic.

If you think some air head like Biden can come in and pacify and unite the nation, you would be very wrong. He can barely tie his own shoes or speak a coherent sentence anymore 

A leader of the free world he is not.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.2  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @1    3 weeks ago
Slim to none...

If you're pinning your hopes on those polls....   here's a hint.

I actually got polled the other night.   I can give you the number that called if you want.

Long story short, after playing with them for a little bit, I told them I would be voting BIDEN President and MJ Hegar Texas Senator    I wished I had funds to contribute, but being a senior and barely getting by I couldn't help out.

So, I guess my real vote will cancel out my poll vote.  I KNOW which one counts!!

 
 
 
JBB
1.2.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @1.2    3 weeks ago

What do you hang your implausible hope on?

A dumb anecdote doesn't count for jack shit.

https://www.courthousenews.com/worm-turns-on-trumps-path-to-re-election/amp/

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.2.2  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @1.2.1    3 weeks ago
What do you hang your implausible hope on?

How about your own FUCKING ARTICLE????????   And I quote;

Still, Allred isn't ready to predict a Biden victory in Texas this November.
 
 
 
JBB
1.2.3  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @1.2.2    3 weeks ago

The point is Biden will be competitive in Texas!

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.2.4  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @1.2.3    3 weeks ago
The point is Biden will be competitive in Texas!

Big shits.   He'll still fucking lose.  Got it now?

 
 
 
JBB
1.2.5  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @1.2.4    3 weeks ago
 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.2.6  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @1.2.5    3 weeks ago
Last I heard Trump was sinking in Texas polls!

Is there a point to be made?

While I hate to repeat myself, for you I will:

If you're pinning your hopes on those polls....   here's a hint.

I actually got polled the other night.   I can give you the number that called if you want.

Long story short, after playing with them for a little bit, I told them I would be voting BIDEN President and MJ Hegar Texas Senator    I wished I had funds to contribute, but being a senior and barely getting by I couldn't help out.

So, I guess my real vote will cancel out my poll vote.  I KNOW which one counts!!

Oh, I live in TEXAS...

So, don't hold your breath hoping on those Texas polls.  We like to fuck with liberal pollsters here.

 
 
 
JBB
1.2.7  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @1.2.6    3 weeks ago

The point is that Biden is competitive in Texas and Ohio but Trump is not in Pennsylvania or Arizona or Michigan. The gop is going to have to fight for states Trump won easily in 2016. That is simply not true for Biden in Democratic strongholds. You don't have anything to base you opinion that Trump is winning. Nothing. Not a poll. Not a thing. Biden is much more popular than Trump, or for that matter Hillary, in t bu e few swing states that will decide it. That is just a fact. Your lameness "opinion" sans any evidence isn't much to believe in...

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/upshot/poll-2020-biden-battlegrounds.html

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.2.8  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @1.2.7    3 weeks ago
The point is that Biden is competitive in Texas and Ohio but Trump is not in Pennsylvania or Arizona or Michigan. The gop is going to have to fight for states Trump won easily in 2016. That is simply not true for Biden in Democratic strongholds. You don't have anything to base you opinion that Trump is winning. Nothing. Not a poll. Not a thing. Biden is much more popular than Trump, or for that matter Hillary, in t bu e few swing states that will decide it. That is just a fact. Your lameness "opinion" sans any evidence isn't much to believe in...

The point is we heard the same shit tune in 2016.

Oh, just for shits and giggles, the police, who endorsed Hiden Biden in previous elections have tossed THEIR weight behind Donald Trump, and after Hiden Biden indicated he endorses "defunding the police", I'll submit that will also ensure the loss of the families of those officers as well.  Plus Hiden Biden coming out as a proponent of the Green New Deal, I will further submit that ANYONE working in the energy sector right now will also go for Trump as will THEIR families.   And with Psycho Beto as his proposed Gun Czar, I will note that there will likely be multiple millions of people (likely on the order of 50 to 60 million) that will vote Trump to save their firearms from government confiscation.

So, while Hiden Biden will be "competitive", like the asshat before him, he will come in as a LOSER in second place.   And in Presidential elections, coming in second is the same as coming in last and a LOSER.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2  Paula Bartholomew    3 weeks ago

I hope that when they debate Biden brings up that while we are dying, Trump's priorities are golf, light bulbs, and beans.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2    3 weeks ago
I hope that when they debate Biden

Remembers what he's running for, the year and the difference between his sister and his wife, and of course his name, and it ain't O'biden as he noted when he spoke of the President Bama and Obiden ticket.

 
 
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